Jun 4, 2011

The Fresh Air Fund - 134 Years of Serving Children

I vividly remember family vacations as a boy.  

We seemed to travel exclusively to exotic redneck destinations.  Like Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  Air conditioning consisted of hand cranking open the window, thighs sticking to the Dodge Aspen's burning vinyl seats like slabs of cheese melting atop beef patties.  The three siblings duked it out over a shared 6.75 oz. Capri Sun juicebox, younger brother riding bandit in the rear cargo bay of the station wagon like a small frightened dog with mange quarantined from humans.  A single seatbelt in the car, dad simply stuffed it deep into the seat cushion.

And yet there were always those quiet moments of the trip that made it all worth it.  Like watching the sun launch from the Atlantic like a slow rocket, warming the bleached sands of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Summer without vacation is like lemonade without sugar.  
boy in front needs a vacation, NOW!
Kids need a breath of fresh air.  The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that's been sweetening summers for low-income children since 1877.  Thousands of host families in suburbs and small communities across 13 states, from Virginia to Maine and Canada, volunteer to open their homes and hearts to help those that are unable to afford summer smiles.

Please consider helping, donations and host families are needed.


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